BLOG—Moving Targets. Unanchored.

A church sign in a small town in northern California read, “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not” (https://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national/article224506495.html) It was up for a few days before it was damaged by protesters. The pastor explained why he put up the sign: “The culture is now demanding that we call ‘good’ what the Bible calls evil.” A short time later, the pastor lost his job at the church.

My point is not to take sides on the message of the church sign. Rather, I’m wondering how people feel about “moving targets” in life. Let’s look just at the last two sentences of the sign’s message: “The culture may change. The Bible does not.” Many, from all parts of the spectrum of humanity—liberal, conservative, progressive, secular, religious, or contemporary—would agree that those are true sentences. That is why some people no longer respect the Bible, because it seems to them to be archaic and inflexible.

Some believe, as I do, that the Bible is a set, non-moving target; it doesn’t change. In contrast, culture is a moving target where, among other things, ethical views change. What may have been acceptable speech or behavior in a society 40 years ago, can now be viewed as immoral by society.

What do you like for life—set, non-moving targets, OR moving targets? Why?

Here’s a similar analogy, and Q’s: do you like to be anchored solidly as you live in this world, OR do you like the sense of being non-anchored, or at least minimally-anchored? Why?

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